I decided to try to switch mine to the Nature's Variety medallions last weekend. I was feeling pretty discouraged until I read this thread. I'm feeling much better now...they might not be eating it, but at least none of mine peed on it!
My boys have been on a predominantly canned/pouch diet for years now. They get a little bit of dry as a treat at bedtime. They all prefer the chunks and gravy style food, and Forest is the only one who'll even touch a pate-style food (but he'll eat ANYTHING...then throw it up). They all LOVE raw meat, though, and will beg for it when I'm cooking dinner. They'll also steal scraps and wrappers out of the trash if they have half a chance, so I was hopeful that they'd take to the NV raw. I picked up a bag of the chicken/turkey medallions on Friday evening and tried splitting a medallion between the three of them at dinnertime.
As I expected, Forest ate it immediately. I have to be careful with him, though, because any sudden diet changes make him throw up. So I've been gradually increasing the amount of medallion he's getting and decreasing the canned. He hasn't thrown up yet, and seems pretty happy about it. He always eats the medallions before the canned, so I think he prefers them. We found a few crystals in Forest's urine about a year ago, so, at the vet's recommendation we've had him on the ProPlan urinary formula. After hearing about Beandip's successful urinalysis, I'm convinced that raw will be a better option for him. (He also has seriously stinky poops, so I'm really looking forward to that changing, too.
Harvey was a little tougher. He at least tried the medallion, but only ate a little of it. I've tried mixing the medallion in with his canned food, but then he wouldn't eat any of it.
Tailer wouldn't even try the medallion. He just sniffed at it and looked at me like "you've GOT to be kidding me"
. When I tried mixing it with his canned, he wouldn't eat the mixture either.
I'm going to keep trying here, though...especially after reading about other people's successes. Harvey and Tailer LOVE tuna, and I can get them to eat most anything by mixing it with tuna, so I think I'll pick up some and try that. I think I'll also pick up a bag of the beef medallions...maybe they'll like those better than the chicken.
Any other suggestions or advice would be very welcomed!